Hello and happy Wednesday! I have a post up on the AJVD blog today and here is a little peek of my project:
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Hey there! Hope your week is off to a great start! Mine is, lol! I'm guest designing over on the Waffle Flower challenge blog! I was so surprised and excited when I got a DM on Instagram from Galina asking me if I wanted to be part of her mini design team for their monthly challenge. I am a huge fan of Galina! She is a super talented papercrafter, she designs products for Waffle Flower and she has the most adorable cat named Sir Oliver! Of course I said "Yes!"! This month's challenge is to create a card with a shaker element. Each week a Waffle Flower designer has a mini team and a specific theme within the main challenge. This week it is to use to create a full card shaker. I am totally up for that challenge!
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Hello! Popping in with a couple of cards today. I got my Spellbinders Glimmer club kit for October the other day and I could not wait to fire up my Glimmer machine and create a card! I hadn't used my September Glimmer club kit yet so I combine the two along with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.
I also did some embossing with this card. I normally leave my background panel plain, but I decided to pull out the Spellbinders Falling Leaves embossing folder to jazz up my background. I foiled all the images twice using Polished Brass foil, die cut with the matching dies and colored with Copic markers. I should have colored everything before I did the diecutting, but it turned out in the end. The sentiment and banner are from the September Glimmer club kit and I used kraft cardstock for the foiling. I like how it turned out. I assembled the banner and then adhered everything to the embossed panel. I finished with tons of sparkly red gems from the Spellbinder Color Mix Red essentials gem pack.
The second card is for Color Throwdown. During Simon Says Stamp's Stamptember celebration I was able to pick up the SSS/Concord & 9th collaborative stamp and die set called Double the Thanks. I really liked the uniqueness of the stamp set. I stamped the two part thank you in dark brown and kraft, die cut it and adhered it to a white cardstock base. I then tried to find an ink that I might have that was more on the green side of turquoise to stamp the sentiment and the leaves, but couldn't quite come up with one. Oh well... that happens sometimes, right? I added those to my card and it was done.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Hello and happy Wednesday everyone! Fall has definitely arrived in the Puget Sound region of Washington! The weather is getting colder and the leaves are falling! My usual post is up on the AJVD blog today and here is a little peek of my card:
Monday, October 11, 2021
Hello! I'm popping in today with two cards that I created using products from Spellbinder's September release. Both these cards feature lots of sparkle and shine! The shine was created using new Glimmer hot foil plates and the sparkle was provided by lots and lots of Red Mix Color Essentials gems from Spellbinders. Lets get to the cards! (Compensated affiliate links used where possible. Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support!)
This card was created with the new Holiday Florals Background Glimmer hot foil plates and Polished Brass foil. This set includes a large hot foil plate that will cover the majority of your card front as well as three hot foil sentiment plates. I didn't use any of the sentiments for my card. Instead I used a sentiment from the Essential Christmas Greetings Glimmer hot foil plates. I wanted a traditional looking Christmas card so I went with hunter green and dark red cardstocks. After foiling the background with my Glimmer on the hunter green cardstock I trimmed the panel down with the largest Essentials Rectangle die. I adhered the panel to a dark red card base. I then glimmered the sentiment from the Essentials Christmas Greetings on hunter green cardstock and die cut it with the circle die from the Jingle Word Frame die set. That circle was then matted with dark red cardstock die cut from an old Spellbinders scalloped circle die. I layered the two and popped up the sentiment in the center of my panel. I then finished the card by adding lots and lots of the Red Mix Color Essentials gems. The sparkle and shine is so pretty in real life!
I hope you enjoyed my projects today. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!
Friday, October 8, 2021
Hello! Popping in with two cards today. First up is a card for the current Sunday Stamps challenge. I participated in their last challenge and the team was kind enough to pick that card as a Top Cup! Thanks so much to the team! Their inspiration this time around is a really pretty color palette of teal, bright red, orange and yellow. At first I wasn't sure how I would use those colors together, but settled on creating two flowers using the Simon Says Stamp Etched Layered Daisy Stem die set. I die cut the stems from teal cardstock and the flowers from orange and yellow cardstocks. The flower heads are two layers and create a really pretty looking flower. I die cut white cardstock using a Spellbinders essentials rectangle die and then laid out where I wanted to place the stems so I could determine where to stamp the sentiment. The daisies are a little whimsical looking to me and so I wanted a whimsical sentiment. I used one from a very old (and no longer available) Simon Says Stamp set called Lovely Spring. That was stamped in black ink (VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne) and then I adhered the stems and flowers. I brought in the bright red by adding little drops of red using Nuvo Jewel drops in Berry Red to the centers of the flowers and then adding some to the card.
The second card is for Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches. I'm still in the mood to use leaves on cards and so it was easy to pick the large leaf from the Concord & 9th Thankful Leaves Turnabout bundle for the main image. There is an outer die that cuts the full leaf and an interior die that allows you to die cut the leaf so that it is just an outline. I taped the two dies together and cut one from orange cardstock and one from brown cardstock. I used washi tape to keep the pieces in the orange one in place and then using Bearly Art glue (I just started using it and I love it!) I adhered the brown pieces. I didn't want to waste the brown outline leaf so I just adhered it to the back of the orange one to get the leaf more stability. I die cut strips of gray cardstock and adhered then per the FMS sketch. The sentiment is from the C9 Lace Leaf stamp set and was stamped in VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist. I finished things off with a little bow tied with brown/white baker's twine.
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Hello everyone! Did you see that the new Simon Says Stamp Peace on Earth release is available? It is absolutely amazing and Simon was so kind to send me that super fun SSS/CZ Design Merry & Bright die set. I love this die set! You get a die that cuts Merry & Bright together along with the shadow die, two snowflake dies and three little star dies! So many things you can do with this die set. Check out the entire Peace on Earth release right here. (Compensated affiliate links used where possible. Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.)Salvaged Patina and Prize Ribbon distress oxide inks on smooth bristol cardstock. When I was done with the ink blending a splattered on water and then lifted it off with a paper towel. I die cut Merry & Bright from white cardstock four times and white glitter cardstock once and then stacked them. The shadow was die cut from heavy weight vellum and adhered to the sentiment. I die cut the panel and then adhered the sentiment in the center of the card. I die cut the snowflakes from the same heavy weight vellum, adhered them and then added a bit of Nuvo Glitter Drops in Silver Moondust. I then added additional drops of the Silver Moondust around the card.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Hello and happy Wednesday everyone! Hope your October is off to a great start. Here in the Pacific Northwest we are having a typical start to October... lots of rain! Since it is Wednesday that means I have a post up on the AJVD blog and here is a little peek:
I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to check out my card. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!
Monday, October 4, 2021
Hey there! All the October Spellbinders clubs are available and I'm popping in to share a few cards that I made with the October card kit called You are Steller. The Spellbinders card kits just keep getting better and better! You can find the sign up for all the club kits here.
This first card is very simple. I die cut some of the patterned paper from the kit to cover the front of my card base and adhered it. I then used one of the die cut pieces from the kit, along with these fun gold puffy stickers to create the focal point on my card. I finished with additional star shape puffy stickers. This card will be going to my little niece. I think she is will really like this!
For this card I also die cut patterned paper to fit the front of my card base. I really like this fun paper with all of the different astrological signs on it. I then added all the different pieces you see to the card front. A little bit of gold twine was added to the tag. I die cut some gold metallic stars with dies from the kit and then added those to the card to finish off the card. Going to add this one to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.
Sunday, October 3, 2021
What can I say? It's fall... there are leaves falling and I love leaves! So here is another card featuring leaves. October 2nd was world cardmaking day and I did spend some of the day making cards. One that failed spectacularly and the one I'm sharing. Turned out pretty nice I think!Color Throwdown (I already entered the card there through Instagram) and the layout from Freshly Make Sketches. Originally I was going to use the leave die from the Concord & 9th Thankful Leaves Turnabout stamp and die set, but the leaf was just too big to have two of them on my card front. I suppose I could have made the card 5x7, but I generally don't do cards that big. Then I took a look at my Grand Leaf Trio die set. This is one of my most favorite die sets and I use it all through out the year! I pulled out some watercolor paper and my Altenew 12 pan watercolor set and created to areas of color that combined the CTD colors. I made on area yellow/brown and the other purple/green. It was hard to keep the purple and green from getting too muddy, but in the it worked! Once everything was dry I die cut the leaves, my panel and adhered the leaves. The sentiment is from Sweet Sunflower stamp set. I heat embossed it in gold on vellum, trimmed it down and adhered it to the leaves. I finished with some sparkling clear sequins. Going to add this to the SSS world cardmaking day link up and to the SSS Wednesday challenge.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
(Please check out my A Jillian Vance Design blog post here.)
Hello everyone! Welcome to the Spellbinders All Aboard card kit blog hop! You should have arrived from the blog of Jennifer Kotas. If you want to start at the beginning please head to the Spellbinders blog. As I indicated this is a blog hop to share more inspiration using the limited edition All Aboard card kit. And since this is a blog hop there are prizes to be won! Spellbinders will be picking three winners from all the comments left on the Spellbinder blog. Commenting ends on Sunday, October 3rd at 11:59 pm. Each winner will receive a $25 gift certificate!
Hello everyone! Today is national coffee day and that means that the Coffee Loving Cardmakers are hosting a blog hop of sponsors over on their blog. A Jillian Vance Design is a super sponsor and if you head over to the AJVD blog you can enter to win a $20 gift certificate to the AJVD store! Normally on Wednesdays I post my project over on the AJVD blog, but today is a little different. I will be posting my card here (and over on the AJVD blog) with all the details as to how I created my card. So lets get started!
Monday, September 27, 2021
Hello! I hope your week is getting off to a good start. I'm popping in with a quick post to share a card that I made for the Inspired By challenge. Inspired By always has really fun inspiration photos and sketches. Over the last few months I have often wanted to play along with their challenges, but due to other commitments I have not had the time. But this weekend I was able to find that time... YAY!
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Hello! I'm popping in with another card that I made with a die set that is part of the Spellbinders September release. This die set is called Rejoice Nativity etched dies and is from the Christmas Traditions collection. (Affiliate links used where possible. Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.)
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Hello! Hope you are having a great week. Popping in with a card for the Paper Players, as well as the Card Concept. I have been on a clean and simple kick lately and just had to make a card for the Paper Players clean and simple challenge. I loved the photo/inspiration colors for the Card Concept so I put them together.Paper Players. I thought the sunny yellows that I used for my little acorns and flower along with the large sentiment stamped in brown gave it that fall feel. I added some Pinkfresh Studio Espresso gems that my sweet friend, Greta, sent me. I thought they provided an additional fall touch. The stamps and dies are from the Greetery.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Happy fall everyone! Hope your week is going well! I'm popping in to let you know that I have a post up on the AJVD blog today and here is a little peek:
I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see my project. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Hello friends! Spellbinders September release is now available on the Spellbinders website. This month there are new stitching dies available and I have two cards to share that I made using some of these new stitching dies and a sentiment from a new Glimmer hot foil plate set. (Compensated affiliate links used where possible. Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.)
For my first card I used the Circular Stitch Background and the Sparkling Mandala etched dies. I decided that I wanted to a red and aqua color scheme for my card. I got a piece of Spellbinders Waterfall cardstock and then went through my extensive collection of embroidery floss to find floss that matched the cardstock. I was able to find some floss that was a perfect match! It was easier to find a red floss as I just needed one that was fairly dark. Once I had my floss choices I started stitching using three strands of the floss. It can be a little tricky securing the floss to the back of the mandala, but I just used tiny pieces of tape. Once I was done I added the little red and clear gems stones from the Spellbinders red mix and crystal mix Color Essentials gems. For my background I used the Circular Stitch Background to emboss the Waterfall cardstock and then die cut it with an Essentials rectangle die. I adhered the panel to a white cardstock base and then popped up my mandala. The sentiment is from a stamp set that was part of the July release called Holiday Gnomes. At the time I was creating projects with the July release the Holiday Gnomes stamp set was not available and so I wasn't able to create with it. The stamp set is super cute and so I will be making a project with it in the future. The sentiment was stamped in watermark ink on vellum and embossed with red embossing powder. I trimmed it down to a thin strip, wrapped it around the card front and secured it in the back. I finished off the card with additional tiny red gems.
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my projects using these new products!
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Hello! Popping in with two clean and simple cards today. First up is a card for Color Throwdown, Freshly Made Sketches and the Pinkfresh Studios monthly challenge. The idea to use my Pinkfresh ink cubes for my squares came from my friend, Greta. She shared a card on Instagram where she used ink cubes to add squares of color. I thought it would be perfect for the layout of Freshly Made Sketches. I initially tried it with just pressing the colors on to scrap cardstock, but I didn't like that everything came out a little too wonky. So I decided to press the colors (Sapphire, Slumber and Key Lime) on to white cardstock and die cutting with a small square Spellbinders dies. I layered the squares on to a white cardstock panel and then added the sentiment (from a very old Pinkfresh Studio stamp set) and then added the leafy branch die cut from orange glitter cardstock. I also added white crystal gems from the Spellbinders Essentials Crystal mix gems pack and the little white baker's twine bow. And yes... I stuck faithfully to the sketch! Sometimes when you have an idea that is a good as this one you just need to go with it!
This next card is for the MFT Design Superstar challenge. I love creating clean and simple cards and so I had to play along with the challenge. I used the MFT Spread Your Wings mini stamp set and matching dies. I stamped 3 of the butterflies in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colors with Copic markers in shades of blue-green. After coloring and die cutting the butterflies I added some silver Nuvo Crystal Drops to the bodies of the butterflies as well as little dots on the wings. Then I figured out how I wanted to arrange the butterflies on my card front. I used two retired MFT die sets (Mini Stitched Scalloped rectangles and ovals) for the main panel and the small oval. I was going to use a light gray panel, but decided to go with all white in the background so the butterflies would pop. I arranged them in a manner that draws in your eye and adhered them to the card front along with the sentiment. I almost added more dots of the Nuvo drops, but decided that in this case less is more!
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
(To see my AJVD post please click here)
Hi everyone! Today I'm participating in a blog hop for Spellbinders and we are showcasing projects made with all the different Spellbinders club kits! And since this is a blog hop there are prizes to be won! Spellbinders will pick three comments from all the comments left on the Spellbinders blog and each person will win a $25 gift certificate! Commenting ends on September 19th at 11:59 pm and the winners will be announced in the blog hop post on Wednesday September 23rd. You should have arrived here from Jill Hillards' blog. If you did not, please head to the Spellbinders blog for the complete list of blog participants. (Compensated affiliate links used where possible. Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.)
I have three projects to share that I created with the September card kit and the first one features the super cute telephone die that comes in the card kit. I die cut the phone from pink, gold metallic and black cardstock and assembled all the pieces. I pulled some patterned papers from the 6x6 pad to create the look of a table and wallpaper. I popped up some die cuts from the die cut pack in the background and then popped up my telephone to complete my little scene. Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of lots of layers.
This next card features the one of the cute little matryoshka dolls from the stamp set. I stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black in and then colored very simply with Copic markers. I die cut here with a small rectangle die and then added one of the chipboard frames from the kit to the rectangle to frame her. I added the gold smile puffy sticker to the frame and three little gold puffy hearts, as well as the happy birthday sentiment that is also a puffy sticker.
This last card had me reminiscencing about my childhood and all the camping trips we took as a family. We didn't have a camper, but we did travel in a station wagon! I used papers from the 6x6 pad to create my background, then popped up the houses, car and camper die cuts. I finished with the little gold puffy hearts and sentiments from the puffy sticker sentiments pack.
I hope you enjoyed my projects today. Your next stop on the hop is Jennifer Kotas! Don't forget to check out all the Spellbinders club kits, as well as the Spellbinders Autumn Warehouse sale! Thanks for stopping by!
It is Wednesday and it is exactly the middle of September! Yikes! Fall will officially be here next Wednesday. I love fall and with that in mind I have a fall themed card I'm sharing on the AJVD blog today. I used a new AJVD product in a way that it wasn't actually intended for! Here is a little peek of my card:
I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see my card and find out how I created my little fall basket! Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!
Monday, September 13, 2021
Hello everyone! I back to share one final project that I made with product from the August Spellbinder release. Today's card uses the new Open House Halloween etched dies along with the original Open House die set. (Compensated affiliate links used where possible. Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.)
For this card I created a mini slimline card. Along time ago Spellbinders had a line of dies called Nestabilities. I still have many of these original dies and one of the die sets was an elongated rectangle die set. I discovered that the largest elongated rectangle worked really well with the Spellbinders July Glimmer kit which is a set of plates that hot foil a dotted border. I die cut black cardstock with that elongated rectangle and then hot foiled the border with orange foil. The door was cut from a dark gray cardstock and the door step (with that cute little sentiment!) and the transom window from a light gray. The light behind my spooky web transom window was die cut from orange glitter cardstock. I adhered those two pieces together and then adhered the door, transom and doorstep to my card front. I finished off the card with a little skull doorknob, the numbers 31 (in orange glitter cardstock), the little spider (from a different die set called Spooky Boo) and the bat. Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of sparkle and shine as I do have alot of that on this card!